Hello and welcome to my blog Mother of Teenagers. I am Jo, a PR consultant for 20 years, now a freelance writer and mother living in a pocket of South London with my husband and two teenagers.
The eldest, my son is 18 and is from my first marriage and the youngest, my daughter is 14 from my current marriage, making us what is fondly known as a “blended” family.
Parenting is a deeply personal journey and since closing the door on my career more than 10 years ago to be a full-time mother, I haven’t looked back…well only nostalgically at least.
During this time, I have worn many parenting t-shirts and have experiences aplenty of all the junior milestones. I have learnt a lot, cried a little, certainly shouted a bit and laughed even more and I reflect fondly on a plethora of parenting episodes that have made me the mother and person I am today.
At the time of starting this blog, I found myself on the brink of entering a new chapter as a mother to two teenagers and all the new secondary parenting challenges that brings, whilst also embracing the mid-life challenges of turning 50.
This blog is not a diary of our daily activities as they are not really that interesting, but it is a glimpse at the reality of parenting teens and the challenges they face in this ever changing and pressurised world. It is a forum for me to express my opinions, share my experiences and highlight issues of importance to our teens and young adults.
Interspersed with this you will find reviews and comment on issues surrounding midlife as well as things that interest me outside of my parenting bubble.
Why now? Well quite simply the job of being a mother is never complete
Parenting is not a perfect science and we all seek advice at some point whether from family, friends or online and we all have a valuable voice to add. I hope that my voice will contribute in some small way to making a difference.
I hope you will enjoy reading parts or all of this blog and I really look forward to hearing from you during my and our journey.
Thanks for dropping by.
You can reach me via email firstname.lastname@example.org,
or message me on twitter and instagram @motherofteensuk